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It is not a new development that the MWC event is coming up and just like the Consumer Electronics Show, it is a time where phone makers would have the necessary audience to sell out and advertise their products and newest phones.

The GSMA Mobile World Congress, MWC is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world.

The event, initially named as GSM World Congress and later renamed as the 3GSM World Congress, is still often referred to as 3GSM or 3GSM World.

The 2017 event will take place in Barcelona between 27 February to 2 March 2017 and Mobile World Congress Shanghai between 28th June 2017 to 1st July 2017.

So, keeping this date in mind, Gionee has decided to launch two different phones, the Gionee A1 and the Giomee A1 Plus. Just stay with me as we walk through the specs of the Gionee A1 and what we feel about them.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE GIONEE A1

The Gionee A1 packs a 5.5 inches screen which is a very comendable one. I must say that given the trend of Gionee phones, one must give it to them when it comes to delivering a very wide and big screen. So how about the screen resolution?

This 5.5 inches screen has a resolution of 1920 * 1080 pixels (HD) with an IPS Capacitive touchscreen with 2.5D curved glass. The body is built with a Metal Unibody Design.

As you would expect, the Gionee A1 supports the 4G LTE Network. Need I remind you again that we are already out of the 3G era, and now in a better era – the 4G LTE network. It also runs on an operating system Android 7.0 Nougat with Amigo OS 3.6.

 

HARDWARE, MEMORY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE GIONEE A1 SMARTPHONE

The Gionee A1 packs a whooping 64 GB internal storage. All I can say is wow. 64 GB is very high an internal memory size, and a figure to beat by other phone makers. This can be expanded to the capacity of 128 GB with the use of a micro SD card.

The Gionee A1 boast of a 4 GB RAM and possesses an Octa-core 64-bit MediaTek processor with a processor Speed of 1.8GHz.

The sensors available include Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Fingerprint sensor, and Infrared Sensor.

 

GIONEE A1 CAMERA

YAY! We have finally got the phone we have been looking for. A phone that cares about the selfie takers, and in this case, even put them higher.

The Gionee A1 has a 13 MP rear camera which is very interesting on its part but what is more interesting is the selfie-centric nature of the phone having a 16 MP front facing camera. Thank you Gionee. At least we won’t have to clamor and whine about “selfie takers” discrimination when others tow this part.

 

MULTIMEDIA AND CONNECTIVITY OF THE GIONEE A1 SMARTPHONE

As you would expect, The Gionee A1 is comes with a hybrid dual SIM slot. It promises super WiFi speed with its Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n certification and Bluetooth is of v4.1. And yes, it still has the 3.5 mm audio jack.

 

GIONEE A1 BATTERY

It possesses a whopping 4010 mAh battery capacity and the battery supports fast charge while it non removable. Its power management is by Nougat’s Battery Saving mode. Gionee has been impressive with battery capacities lately.

An over 4000 mAh battery capacity is pretty superb to me, knowing that it has graciously exceeded our unofficial 3000 mAh standard for battery capacity.

 

PRICE OF THE GIONEE A1 SMARTPHONE

Well, with these great specs, one can only expect a “great” price too, but not yet, don’t be discouraged.

The launch price of the Gionee A1 is pegged at N170,000 in Nigeria. Not fair, if you ask me. What do you think?

 

FULL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE GIONEE A1 SMARTPHONE

 

TECHNOLOGY

2G: GSM.

3G: HSDPA.

4G: LTE with VoLTE.

Network Speed: –

SIM Type: Hybrid Micro + Nano / microSD Slot.

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with Amigo OS 3.6.

 

DESIGN & DISPLAY

Dimensions: –

Weight: –

Display size: 5.5 inches.

Display Resolution: 1920 * 1080 pixels (Full HD).

Display Technology: IPS Capacitive touchscreen with 2.5D curved glass.

Build: Metal Unibody Design.

Form Factor: Touchscreen Bar.

Colours: Gold.

 

HARDWARE

Processor Name/Technology: 64-bit MediaTek processor.

Processor Speed: 1.8GHz.

Number of Processor Cores: Octa-core.

Graphics Processor: –

RAM: 4GB LPDDR3.

Internal Storage: 64GB.

External Storage: microSD, up to 128GB.

Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Fingerprint Sensor, Infrared Sensor.

 

CAMERA

Rear: 13MP with PDAF.

LED Flash: Yes.

Video recording: Yes, 1080p.

Front-facing: 16MP.

 

MULTIMEDIA

Music Support: AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, M4A, MKA.

Loudspeaker: Yes.

Audio Technology: –

Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player.

FM Radio: Yes.

 

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth: v4.1.

Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP.

WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot.

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS & GLONASS.

USB: micro-USB v2.0.

USB OTG: Yes.

NFC: –

3.5mm audio jack: Yes.

 

BATTERY

Battery Capacity: 4010mAh.

Battery Technology: Li-Po.

Removable? No.

Charging: Fast Charge –

Power Management: Nougat’s Battery Saving mode.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Extra Features: –

Launch Date: February 27, 2017.

Availability: March 15, 2017.

Sales stores/platforms:

Online: TBA

Offline: TBA

 

LAUNCH PRICE

Nigeria: ₦170,000.

India: Rs 22,500.

China: ¥2311.55.

USA: $336.

Nepal: NPR 35,999.

 

What are your honest thoughts about this phone?

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